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    A very enjoyable read.

    Having read 'The girl who saved the king of Sweden' and quite enjoying it, I decided to give this book a go too. Well, I'm glad I did. For the most part, it was an extremely enjoyable read. It helped to cheer me up when I was feeling down and had so many unexpected twists and turns in the plot. It kept me interested right up until the very end. I recommend this book to everyone. I will be smiling about it for some time to come I think.
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    Enjoyable! but too long

    When I started reading this book I quickly enjoyed it. The idea was different, the characters were quirky and the writing style was very engaging. However, as I ploughed on, I felt it got far too drawn out and as much as I continued to enjoy it, I got slightly bored and started to look to its end. The book includes a series of outrageous and far fetched episodes in the life of the 100 year old man which involve prominent political leaders and events in world history. These are overlaid with the story of his flight after having climbed out the window of his nursing home on his 100th birthday. The formula worked well and the stories were funny, but I think there were one or two more episodes than was necessary, so it just became repetitive and long. Nevertheless a good book and a really different type of story. In some ways the episodic nature and the style of the language reminded me a little of the Alexander McCall Smith style in #1 Ladies Detective Agency and 44 Scotland Street series. Perhaps that's why I was patient with the repetition.
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    Quirky and happy read

    What a character 100year old Allan is! This book is fun but with a serious undertone as the author reveals Allan's 100 years of life. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to read as a book that is slightly off centre and with surprising twists of fate around each corner.
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    A must read

    Excellent read, quirky funny and entertaining.
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    Amusing tall tale

    When Allan runs away from his own hundredth birthday celebration, he sets in motion a chain of implausible but amusing events. As these events unfold, Allan's colourful past is gradually revealed and we begin to realise that throughout his life, Allan has been the wrong person in the right place at the right time
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